37-year-old William Hennessey of Spring Hill was sentenced to 51 months in prison Monday for distributing Schedule II controlled substances after burglarizing a pharmacy.

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In March this year, Hennessey broke into Suntrust Pharmacy in Port Richey and stole a large safe filled with thousands of highly-addictive Schedule II controlled substances, including oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and dextroamphetamine.

Four days later, law enforcement agents located two plastic containers filled with the stolen oxycodone pills in Hennessey’s car. They also found a glove matching the one found at the pharmacy, at Hennessey’s house. Hennessey had distributed the remaining drugs, which were later recovered by law enforcement, to others.

In addition, he stole more than $12,000 in cash from the pharmacy. He bought a motorcycle and other items with the stolen money. Hennessey later admitted that he had stolen the safe, cash, and the controlled substances from the pharmacy and had distributed some of the drugs to others.  

Hennessey had pleaded guilty to the crimes on July 31, 2019. In addition to the prison time, the court also ordered Hennessey to pay $36,000 in restitution to the pharmacy.